COVID-19 community fund to provide support for vulnerable women and girls

Community organisations play a vital role in supporting women and girls at the grassroots in our community. COVID-19 can affect the services these organisations provide to local communities, so in order to support organisations to continue to support acute and immediate needs, the Minister for Women, Hon Jan Tinetti, announced a new COVID-19 Community Fund for 2021.

The $2 million COVID-19 Community Fund is for community organisations that support women and girls in Aotearoa New Zealand and are facing significantly increased demand for their services and/or decreased resources as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applications for the fund will open on 17 September and can be made via the Ministry for Women’s website. Applications will close on 1 October.

Criteria and application information can be found here

Mental health and wellbeing resources

In times of uncertainty it’s normal to feel anxious and stressed.  Whether you are a business owner whose business has had  to shut down abruptly or an essential worker trying to juggle home demands with work requirements,   these are some of the online support services available.

New research out today has found   “… a significant increase in the number of New Zealanders turning to digital health services for support during covid”.

Just a Thought   offers free online course Staying on Trackto help you tackle worry and stress, so you can take care of your mental and emotional wellbeing”. 

 The Mental Health Foundation  has a range of resources to support individuals or help others close to those who may be struggling.

Their Open Minds e-learning is designed to  “… help people managers to support employees experiencing mental distress or illness at work”.

Site Safe  offers up some Tools for Mental Health particularly for those in the construction and allied industries

There is government financial support available for businesses and more about business entitlements can be found here

Take care of yourself and take care of each other.   Stay safe.

Inspirational stories from around the world showing how different companies are ‘keeping on’ during the COVID-19 virus

Kia ora koutou katoa. I hope that the following articles will inspire you and give you some food for thought as to how your own small business can adapt and keep on during these very challenging times, both now and in the future.

Launched nearly ten years ago Maddyness is seen as a go-to magazine for entrepreneurs, startups and< innovators. , This article is a great summary of how 19 different businesses from the UK and beyond are doing during the COVID-19 virus. It also seems to be a very good site to sign up to.

How businesses are adapting to a coronavirus pandemic economy
Small acts of resilience as businesses navigate new pressures during a pandemic.

New kiwi company offers wof solution for essential workers

Responding To Coronavirus: A Playbook For Marketing And Communications
Forrester Research is a highly regarded research company. The article was written by one of their senior analysts on March 11 before most companies entered the shutdown period. You can sign up to updates for no charge.

Use these 4 Strategies to Build a Smart Coronavirus Preparation Checklist